Book Review: Hot Asset by Lauren Layne

After a few weeks going by with books I liked but not too much, I finally found something that hooked me from the first page until the last. This new series seems promising. This is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Layne despite I’ve shelved some of her other works. The story is set in New York and as you may think from the hot guy on the cover, is about men in suits, in this case Wall Street billionaires.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Year: 2018
Part of a series?: Yes but it’s a standalone

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The protagonist of the story is Ian Bradley, a talented investor who has arrived where he is only with his brain and hard work. He is proud of the path he did to get to the top, and won’t let anyone threaten what he fought so much to achieve. Enter Lara McKenzie, a talented woman who works for the SEC, and that comes to Wolfe Investments for an informal investigation against Ian. Is he guilty of a financial crime or is he not? You have to read to find out.

Ever since the opening scene, you’ll be hooked to the book. I liked how Ian and Lara seemed to “talk” to me as a reader, as if they were recounting their story as I turned the pages. This book never bored me and I loved the banter between the characters. You may think Ian is the usual rich playboy, but he’s more than that, and Lara isn’t the average female character with no integrity. They were realistic characters and all of their scenes with the secondary characters were funny and entertaining to read. The dialogue never seemed off and it kept my interest alive until the epilogue because I wanted to read each of the characters’ thoughts and smart remarks.

This is a love story that makes baby steps, meaning that the characters may appreciate each other after the first meeting, but they don’t sleep together nor kiss too soon. The author was good at creating a realistic story that moved at a slow pace, not rushing things but giving time to each moment of Ian and Lara’s story a proper timing.

Needles to say, I will check out the following book that will be about Matt and Sabrina. Can’t wait about Kennedy and Kate’s book as well. Ian and Lara’s story is nice, but it was nicer not only because of them, but also because of the world of characters and places like Wolfe that Lauren Layne has created.

Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for giving me the chance to read this book.

RATING: 5/5 stars


About purplebass

hey, you! Thank you for stopping by. I'm Tweety, and I am a girl who loves writing, reading, and watching stuff on TV and write reviews about it. I currently study languages (English and Spanish) @ University here where I live in Italy. I dream to become a teacher or something more impossible, like a writer. For the moment I only write stories on my laptop and review a lot of books. Speaking of which, I'm really into YA despite I am not a teenager anymore, and if you have suggestions, I am always open to hear your book advice! :D
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